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Bloodlines: A Horse Racing Anthologyby Maggie Estep
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From provocative peeks into the lives of jockeys, trainers, owners, and breeders, to the down and dirty doings of bookies and gamblers, here is a literary tribute to a favorite national pastime. Editors Maggie Estep (Diary of an Emotional Idiot; Flamethrower) and Jason Starr (Twisted City; Lights Out) have brought together original fiction and nonfiction from some of our most beloved writers. Lee Child heads off the collection with a thrilling story about a hit man hired to knock off a horse mid-race. Laura Lippman contributes a vivid tale about a young man who makes money selling parking places at the Preakness and the intriguing woman he meets. Here is Bill Barich on the misfortunes of an Irish gambler, Joe R. Lansdale on one man’s ambition to win a mule race in east Texas, Laura Hillenbrand on the Kentucky Derby, and James Surowiecki on the wisdom of horse-racing crowds. Jonathan Ames adds his unique theory of horse love, Meghan O’Rourke shares her touching recollections of going to Saratoga as a child, and Jane Smiley tells of her experiences raising thoroughbreds. This standout collection on horse-racing featuring twenty authors, from national bestsellers to Pulitzer Prize winners, is as page-turning as it is diverse.
Also includes pieces by Ken Bruen, Steven Crist, Maggie Estep, William Nack, Scott Phillips, John Schaefer, Jerry Stahl, Jason Starr, Charlie Stella, Wallace Stroby, and Daniel Woodrell.
A collection of original fiction and nonfiction from nineteen acclaimed authors journeys inside the sport of kings in a literary tribute to horse racing, featuring works by Lee Child, Laura Lippman, Bill Barich, Joe R. Lansdale, Laura Hillenbrand, James Surowiecki, Jane Smiley, and others. Original. 17,500 first printing.
Maggie Estep has worked as a horse groom, a go-go dancer, a dishwasher, a nurse's aide, and a box factory worker. She has published five books, Diary of an Emotional Idiot (1997), Soft Maniacs (1999), Love Dance of the Mechanical Animals (2003), Hex (2003, a New York Times notable book), and Gargantuan (2004). She has recorded two spoken word CD's, No More Mr. Nice Girl (1994) and Love is a Dog from Hell (1997), and has performed on The Charlie Rose Show, MTV, PBS, and HBO's Def Poetry Jam. Her writing has appeared in The Village Voice, New York Press, Harpers Bazaar, Spin, Black Book, Nerve.com and Time Out N.Y., as well as in dozens of anthologies including Brooklyn Noir, The Dictionary of Failed Relationships, The Best American Erotica 2002 and 2004. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Jason Starr is the author of six crime novels which are published in nine languages. He received the Barry Award for his novel Tough Luck and the Anthony Award for Twisted City. He has two novels due in 2006: Lights Out (St. Martin's Press) and Bust (Hard Case Crime) co-written with Ken Bruen. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Starr now lives in Manhattan.
Table of Contents
The .50 solution / Lee Child — Black-eyed Susan / Laura Lippman — The Smarty Jones bubble / Steven Crist — Hippomancy / Scott Phillips — Beast / Maggie Estep — Wise crowds and foolish bettors : why it's so hard to beat the track / James Surowiecki — Gurriers / Bill Barich — The horse in our history / Daniel Woodrell — Heart / Wallace Stroby — All horses have beautiful eyes and a big cock / Jonathan Ames — The cynical breed / Charlie Stella — The derby / Laura Hillenbrand — White mule, spotted pig / Joe R. Lansdale — August of 1959 / William Nack — The selector / Jerry Stahl — Racing gods and wild things / John Schaefer — The graveyard of Jimmy Fontaine / Jason Starr — What I learned from them after they came home from the track / Jane Smiley — Horse of a different color / Ken Bruen — My life as a childhood racing junkie / Meghan O'Rourke.
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